South Australian fishers surveyed

RECREATIONAL fishers on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula will be surveyed about their activities in December.

The Port Lincoln Times reports the new state recreational fishing survey will look to find out more about South Australian fishers and their activities.

Eyre Peninsula has the most recreational fishers in the state for its total population with 40.5 per cent, followed by the Yorke Peninsula/Mid-North region with 28.7 per cent.

Fisheries Minister Gail Gago said the survey would collect estimates of recreational fishers annual catch and catch rates for key species.

“We need this data to add to our existing knowledge of species, to better understand recreational fishing habits and to support fisheries management decision-making,” she said.

“An initial screening survey is now under way to randomly choose at least 600 recreational fishing households.

“They will be contacted monthly to record details of their catch and their fishing practices, such as the number of times they went fishing and where they went.”

The survey will target both boat and shore-based recreational fishers.

Ms Gago said she encouraged people who will be contacted for the survey to take part to shape the future of the recreational fishing industry.

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